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Containing Gayle will be the key: Ten Doeschate

New Delhi: Holland`s star all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, whose heroics almost caused the first upset of the World Cup in Nagpur, said his team was already focusing on their next game against West Indies and the main target would be to stop devastating opener Chris Gayle.

"Containing Chris Gayle is going to be a key task. We will put in place a plan in the next couple of days and work towards playing a good game of cricket," said ten Doeschate.

The 30-year-old, however admitted that it would be tough to replicate last match`s performance, where they had posted a challenging 292 for six against England on Tuesday.

"It will be difficult to replicate the batting but if we manage to do that we would probably look at ourselves as a better team. We know that we have to perform better with the ball," said the all-rounder.

"Had we come up with a better bowling performance in the last match we would have won that game. So we must be ready to bowl well so that we should be chasing a gettable total," he added.

Ten Doeschate, who hit a 110-ball 119 and then took two wickets for 47 against England, said even though they ended up on the losing side, it was still a good start to their World Cup campaign.

"It was a good experience. The whole game was quite enjoyable. It was not easy to lose it from that stage but the start up to the World Cup was a great game," he said.

Being just one of the four professional players in the Dutch team, ten Doeschate admitted that it was frustrating not to be able to play against enough quality sides.

"It is a major frustration for me. If I would have started young I would have had better opportunity to play for South Africa. I developed pretty late. It was county cricket where I developed my game. The opportunity is obviously now lot less," he said.

He, however, expressed satisfaction over his decision to move to Holland.

"Well, at that time, it was the only decision available to me ... it`s a bit of a cause and effect situation I suppose looking back. Playing for Holland is an opportunity
nonetheless and it`s a great privilege to play in tournament like this," said the right-handed batsman.

From bowling all-rounder to batting all-rounder, ten Doeschate explained the shift, "I joined Essex in 2003, I was an out and out bowler when I joined Essex, I batted down the order and scored few runs. Later I was promoted up the order. I worked really hard on my bowling."

Making the most of touring India, ten Doeschate went to see Taj Mahal on Thursday but the long journey from the Capital to Agra made him sick and he had to sit out of the team`s net session that took place Friday morning.

"Had 11 hours in the bus, that`s why I`m sick," he said.

Speaking about his selection in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who purchased him for Rs 67.7 lakh for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Dutch said he is prepared to sit out of most of the IPL matches.

"It will be very difficult to get a game in the IPL considering that foreign cricketers like Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan, Brad Haddin, Shakib-ul-Hasan are there."

So I am pretty aware of the fact that I will be carrying the drinks lot of the times.

"But I am sure there would be opportunities to play and hopefully, I will do well whenever I get a chance."

Ten Doeschate also said that Twenty20 was the way forward for the smaller teams in world cricket.

"I think Twenty20 gives small countries best chance. It is easier to compete at T20 level, it is most exciting thing for spectators. Teams like Holland, Ireland, Scotland and other minnows should be looking to be good at T20 cricket. If you see Rugby 7, smaller countries like Fiji, Samoa and Scotland do really well.”

"My personal belief is that Holland should first focus on T20 cricket and then 50-over cricket," he said.

But he refused to believe that T20 is the future.

"No, I don`t think T20 is the future of cricket. Test cricket remains the pinnacle of the game."

PTI

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